It was hotter than a koala could bear.
After yesterday’s temperature hit 45 degrees at Garvoc, east of Warrnambool, this koala came down out of the trees seeking relief.
Tanya Wickenton said she startled the male koala on the ground about 5pm on Tuesday at her home when he was looking very hot and weary.
The family gently sprayed him with a hose to cool him down and noticed he was licking water off his nose.So they gave him a gentle stream from the hose and he drank up, and up, and up.
Ms Wickenton said her children had the hose going for about an hour while the koala rehydrated.
The kids got bored so she took over and the koala let the family get up close and pat him.
He eventually recovered to climb back up a tree where she showed his gratitude by grunting through the night, keeping the family awake.
By Wednesday, he had disappeared back into the bush.
Ms Wickenton said koalas were a common sight in the trees around her home at Garvoc, sometimes mothers with cubs.
MAN GIVES KOALA A DRINK OF WATER
Arthur Bradbrook gives a koala a sip of water in the Coromandel Valley, in South Australia.
Sam the koala enjoys a much-needed drink on Black Saturday five years ago. Source: Supplied
He got the animal off the road and ran back to his car to grab a bottle of water.
“I poured the bottle of water and to my amazement he stuck out his tongue and started to lap it up,” Mr Lorimer said.
“Most of it went over his head so I had to go back to the car for another bottle, which he nailed.
”With bottle in one hand and camera in another he captured the koala quenching its thirst.
Not all of the water found its mark when our photographer came to this koala’s aid. Picture: Peter Lorimer.
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Just keep pouring.Just keep pouring. Picture: Peter Lorimer. Source: News Limited
Mr Lorimer said once the koala had its fill the animal went on its way and crawled up a tree.
Cheyne Flanagan from the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital said as droughts and heatwaves continued there would be more and more incidents of dehydrated koalas being spotted like this.
“Koalas get most of their moisture from leaves but if the leaf moister drops under 65 per cent then it’s not sufficient enough for their daily needs,” Ms Flanagan said.
“The koala will then come to the ground and find water but there obviously isn’t any because the tree is distressed.
”This parched koala won’t be the only one across the state in need of cooling down for the next couple of days as the heatwave continues with temperatures reaching the mid-40s in some parts of NSW.But thankfully relief is on its way for some.
Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Dmitriy Danchuk said by Saturday afternoon temperatures should start to decrease as a cold front was entering the state.
However, he said those in upper western NSW would still see high temperatures until next Tuesday.